Saint Mary's College and Apple


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We are confident that you will love a Mac! With Macs, iPhones, and iPads, Apple has opened a new world to computer users. We have staff who know Macs inside and out and Apple computers are fully compatible with ResNet at Saint Mary's College. Saint Mary's supports the use of Apple technology on campus and offers special savings to students, faculty and staff on purchases from Apple.
 
During the 2015/2016 academic year, approximately 67% of students on ResNet had a Mac computer, and 33% had a computer running Windows. The decision to purchase a Mac or a Windows computer is a personal one. Regardless of major, Saint Mary's students will be exposed to both computer platforms while they are on campus.
 
One thing to consider when purchasing a computer is the prevalence of viruses and spyware/adware on computers. At this time, there are only a handful of Mac OS X computer viruses/trojans, and over 250,000 virus threats to Windows computers. The amount of malware (malicious software) for Windows computers is also significantly higher than for Mac OS X. Students with Windows computers will spend much more time removing these problems from their computers and spending time on preventative maintenance than Mac OS X users.
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Click here to see our Recommended Systems from Apple!

  • We recommend the 13" MacBook Pro for the majority of our students. It is a wonderful computer that meets the needs of almost any student in any major at Saint Mary's College. (There are two different MacBook Pro models listed with our Recommended Systems here to address personal technology needs, preferences, and price points.)
  • There are always some students that need a little extra processing power and screen space (such as students majoring in Art or who enjoy video editing), and for them we recommend that 15" MacBook Pro model. (A 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display is listed with our Recommended Systems at the here.)
  • Some students require portability above all else, but want to only have a computer instead of alternating between a computer and a tablet device. Those students may want to consider the MacBook Air to meet their needs. (A 13" MacBook Air is listed with our Recommended Systems at the here.)

Save with Apple Education Pricing. Saint Mary's College students, parents purchasing on their behalf, faculty, and staff can save on any Mac computer by purchasing online through from http://www.apple.com/edu/saintmarys -- where you’ll get fast, free shipping, free engraving on iPad and iPod, the option to buy online and pick up at an Apple Store near you, as well as financing options.

Shop now at http://www.apple.com/edu/saintmarys and start saving.

Devices such as Apple’s iPad should be viewed as a complement to a student’s computer, rather than as a replacement for a student’s computer. ResNet provides basic support for iOS devices (including Apple’s iPad and iPhone), including assistance with issues involving connecting to the ResNet and BelleAire wireless networks and setting up the device to access Saint Mary’s e-mail.

We recommend that AppleCare, Apple's extended warranty, be purchased with any new Apple computer or mobile device. For details on AppleCare, please visit the AppleCare Protection Plan website.

Saint Mary's College would like to caution any student considering a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display. These extremely portable computers do not include a CD/DVD drive. Students with a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display may want the optional external USB SuperDrive. Students choosing a MacBook Air or or MacBook Pro with Retina display will also require an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter (sold separately) to connect to the wired network on campus. The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display have considerably less hard drive storage than the MacBook Pro, and students may want an external hard drive to store large files such as photos, music, and movies

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Please note that Saint Mary's College provides Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students for free to our students. Office 365 ProPlus offers full versions of current Microsoft Office software that can be downloaded and installed on students' personally-owned Mac OS X and Windows computers. Versions of Office for mobile devices are also included with Office 365 ProPlus. After a license has been assigned, a Saint Mary’s student can install Office 365 ProPlus software on up to five personally-owned computers and five personally-owned mobile devices. There are no monthly subscription fees associated with the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students license. Students must show their Saint Mary's ID card to verify their eligibility for this program and sign an agreement to obtain the license. The software can then be downloaded directly from Microsoft. We do not recommend purchasing this software elsewhere.